As a Christmas treat, we’ve dusted off this video from the Horsham PC archives. Who do you recognise?
Having won a mixed doubles silver and level doubles gold in the U19 Suffolk Bronze the previous day, Jonty Russ competed in the BE U17 Silver in Suffolk on 15th December, 2013 to see if he could add to the medal haul.
In the Boys Doubles event Jonty once again partnered Nottinghamshire’s Edward Thorpe. Once again the pair were seeded number one.
In the first box match Jonty and Edward were 15-6 15-10 victors over the Norfolk pair, Robbie Hobson and George Vickers.
A tougher second box match against the Essex pairing of Oliver Phillips and James Smith went to three games with Jonty and Edward coming out eventual 13-15 15-12 15-13 winners.
An easier 15-6 15-10 semi-final win against Suffolk’s Michael Edwards and Ryan Newcombe followed, securing Jonty and Edward their second final in as many days.
It was a case of ‘business as usual’ for Jonty and Edward as they controlled the final against the number three seeds, Norfolk’s Thomas Boardman and Dominic Ely, winning 15-10 15-12 to take the gold medal.
In the Mixed Doubles event Jonty was partnered by Denmark’s Julie Rasmussen, with the pair being seeded number one.
In the first round of a straight knockout tournament Jonty and Julie eased to a 15-6 15-5 victory over Kent’s Thomas Long and Beatrice Forward.
Jonty and Julie then faced another Kent pair, Guy Jones and Chloe Bailey, in the semi-final. Jonty and Julie played controlled badminton to win 15-6 15-9.
The semi-final show down against Surrey’s Ben Richards and Tilly Ip proved a step too far with Jonty and Julie losing 8-15 7-15 to secure the bronze medal.
This brought Jonty’s weekend tally to two golds, one silver and one bronze. Great work!
Jonty Russ was in action at the BE U19 Bronze tournament in Suffolk on 14th December, 2013, securing a mixed silver medal and level doubles gold.
In the Mixed Doubles event Jonty partnered Catherine Bailey. A small field meant the event was played on a round-robin format.
The pair won their first match against Suhan Khan and Kim Nguyen 21-7 21-9.
They then won their second match against Jonathan Tang and Dominique Bell 21-18 22-20.
The third match effectively became the battle for the gold medal as undefeated Jonty and Catherine faced the other undefeated pairing of Tommy Banham and Claudette Reis. Tommy and Claudette proved too strong, winning 21-8 21-13 to leave Jonty and Catherine with the silver medals.
Jonty then teamed up with reguialar doubles partner, Edward Thorpe, in the Mens Doubles event.
Jonty and Edward eased through their first box match against David Farr and Matthew Smith 21-9 21-10.
The withdrawal of the Tang brothers, Jonathan and Raymond, meant Jonty and Edward received a walkover in their second box match.
A comfortable 21-11 21-9 final box match victory over Jenath Kanagesan and Suhan Khan meant Jonty and Edward womn the box and progressed straight to the final.
The pair maintained their composure and continued their form to win the gold medals with a straight games 21-11 21-18 victory.
PC players were out in force for the BE U15 Silver tournament in Essex on 8th December, 2013.
Vicky Roberts was seeded number two in the Girls Singles event.
Vicky battled to the top of her qualifying box with a 15-11 14-16 17-15 victory over Vidhi Garg, a 15-11 15-5 victory over Emily Jane Easton, and a 15-5 15-10 victory over Gemma Atkins.
In the semi-final, Vicky then faces the number three seed Chandana Nagaraj. Vicky controlled the match and won 15-12 15-8.
This set up a final against Lydia Ip. Vicky continued her form and eased to a comfortable 15-8 15-9 victory to secure the gold medal.
Vicky then teamed up with former PC player Katie Grubb in the Girls Doubles event. The pair were seeded number two.
Vicky and Katie topped their qualifying box with a 15-12 15-9 win over Chloe Du and Lily Stent, a 11-15 15-5 15-11 win over Zahra Bhatti and Chelsea Huang, and a 17-15 15-10 win over Holly Smith and Chloe Yong.
The box win earned Vicky and Katie a place in the final against Vidhi Garg and Chandana Nagaraj. A tight final saw Vidhi and Chandana edge the first game 15-14, before Vicky and Katie then edged the second 15-13. Vidhi and Chandana then pulled away in the third to win 15-7, leaving Vicky with Katie with the silver medals.
In the Boys Doubles event Andrew Brownlie teamed up with regular partner Luke Bailey. The pair were seeded number one and were looking to improve on the silver medal that they had won the day before at Luton.
Andrew and Luke played quality badminton to top a tough qualifying group with a 15-6 15-9 victory over Rory Easton and James Penver, a 15-4 15-10 victory over William Saunders and Ethan Solly,
and a 15-11 15-11 victory over Christopher Adey and Nicholas Pipe.
The pair then enjoyed a bye through the semi-final.
This set up a final against Brandon Ngooi and Gregory Saunders. Despite their best efforts, Andrew and Luke lost in straight games 13-15 10-15 to take their second silver medal of the weekend.
Jude Blackman teamed up with Christopher Lai in the Boys Doubles event.
Jude and Christopher qualified for the knockout stage, with a first box win 15-10 16-14 against Pranav Santhosh and Ben Wu, and a second box win 15-12 15-10 against Zaman Khan and Kian Sobhanpanah.
A semi-final against eventual tournament winners Brandon Ngooi and Gregory Saunders saw Jude and Christopher lose in straight games 13-15 10-15 to leave them with the bronze medals.
Jude Blackman and Andrew Brownlie were in action at the BE U15 Silver tournament in Luton on 7th December, 2013.
In the Singles event, Jude was unseeded and faced a difficult qualifying box.
On paper, the first box match looked the easiest, and indeed Jude won in straight games 15-10 15-11 against Hertfordshire’s Mark Amer.
The second match in the box was against Surrey’s Gareth O’Brien. Jude won the first 15-7, before Gareth rallied to win the second 15-13. Jude reasserted his control in the third to win 15-5 and take the match.
The final box match against Northamptonshire’s Gregory Saunders was an even closer affair. Gregory won the first game 15-10. Jude then refocused and edged a tight second game 15-13 to take the match to a decider. Jude held his concentration and edged the final game 15-13 to top the box and progress to the quarter-final.
In the quarter-final Jude faced the number three seed from Buckinghamshire, Ethan Van Leeuwen. Drawing on his experience from his last victory over Ethan, Jude closed out a controlled 15-12 15-12 win.
This set up a semi-final against the number two seed from Kent, Ethan Solly. Jude fought hard but Ethan, with an extra year’s experience, controlled the match to win 15-11 15-6, leaving Jude with the bronze medal.
In the Boys Doubles event Andrew Brownlie paired with his regular partner, Kent’s Luke Bailey, and the pair were seeded number one.
The pair were seldom troubled in the their qualifying box and won it with some ease playing out a 15-13 15-10 victory over the Surrey pairing of Leon Griffiths and Gareth O’Brien, a 15-7 15-5 victory over the Warwickshire pairing of Simran Dhanda and Daniel Morris, and a 15-7 15-6 victory over the Hertfordshire pairing of Matthew Harden and Nathan Wooster.
The number one seeding meant the pair received a bye in the semi-final.
This meant they would face the unseeded pairing of Hertfordshire’s Christopher Adey and Buckinghamshire’s Oliver Chapman. Despite the seedings, Andrew and Luke faced a tough match and lost in straight games 14-16 12-15 to bring home the silver medals.
Emerging group’s Zach Russ played in the BE U15 Gold tournament in Cheltenham over the weekend of 30th November, 2013.
Seeded three of four in the Boys Singles Star event, Zach played Kit Clement-Dawson in his first box match. Zach controlled both games, easing to a 21-13 21-17 win in straight games.
Next up was a box match against James Youle. Zach won the first game 21-18, and then won an extremely tight second 26-24. This meant Zach won the box and progressed to the semi-final.
His semi-final opponent was number two seed Callum Hemming. In a tight first game, Callum edged the game 21-19. Callum then pulled away in the second to win 21-10. This left Zach with the Boys Singles Star bronze medal.
In the Boys Doubles event Zach teamed up with Oxfordshire’s Alex Cook.
In a tough qualifying box, Zach and Alex won their first match 21-10 21-8 against Callum Owens and Tomos Whiteman, and then won their second 21-19 21-14 against Luke Bailey and his partner, PC player Andrew Brownlie.
Topping the box earned a difficult quarter-final match against the number two seeds, Jack Buckley and Johnnie Torjussen.
Zach and Alex played out a superb 21-19 21-18 straight games victory to proceed to the semi-finals.
The semi-final against Jack Wild and James Youle saw a fascinating match where control swung from one pair to the other. Jack and James edged the first 21-19. Zach and Alex then dominated the second 21-6, before Jack and James managed to refocus and play out a 21-17 win. This left Zach and Alex with the bronze medal.